Police Department

The Saranac Lake Police Department is committed to providing residents and visitors alike the safety and security necessary to enjoy living and recreating in the Village.

Charles Potthast

Chief Police

Phone: 518.891.4428

Have a question for Charles? Reach out

Charles Potthast

Chief Police

Phone: 518.891.4428

Have a question for Charles? Reach out

About

 

The Saranac Lake Village Police Department is a full service police agency operating 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. The department is composed of 14 sworn police officers; the chief of police, 3 sergeants, 8 patrolmen and 2 part time officers. We are very fortunate to have a majority of members who bring a wealth of knowledge to the department via their experiences in the military and with other police agencies. Among other talents, our ranks include members certified as drug recognition experts, weapons armorer, police course instructors, DARE instructors, a child safety seat technician and a canine handler.

Programs

 

The Police Department's mission of service is enhanced by several ongoing programs designed to deter and prevent crime while educating the community on matters of public safety and concern.

 

The Department maintains a close relationship with the schools and has reinstated the DARE program which is taught by the department's juvenile/community affairs officer. We also assist North Country Community College with educational demonstrations and have agreed to participate in their criminal justice program. We are an active partner and participant in multijurisdictional investigations with our local, county, state and federal police agencies. The department takes a proactive approach to the needs expressed to us by the community and is always willing to work for the betterment of the Village and it's residents.

Location:

1 Main Street

Saranac Lake, NY 12983

Emergency/Dispatch Phone: 911 (24/7 response)

Non-Emergency Phone: 518-891-4428 (not answered 24/7)

Hours of Operation: 24 hours, 7 days a week

K9 Vigo

Police dog Vigo

K9 Vigo is trained to assist police in their fight against crime such as narcotics detection, handler protection, suspect apprehension, building searches, article searches, area searches and tracking. K9 Vigo and his handler are currently certified through New York State's Division of Criminal Justice Services and N.A.P.W.D.A., which is a nationally recognized organization.